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When it’s chaos inside, reach for the door

December 31, 2011 – 1:20 pm |

The holiday decorations are scattered on the dining room table, gathered from various rooms in the house. There are baskets of clean laundry in the loft (and the hallway and my room). Dirty dishes overflow …

Thoughts on Christmases past

December 29, 2011 – 5:01 pm |

I didn’t realize how exhausting baking every day (well, nearly every day) December 2010 was until I didn’t do it this year.
I just pulled down “the baking box” for its location in the pantry. For …

Post holiday roundup: I’ll clean the house tomorrow

December 26, 2011 – 11:24 am |

Wow. If you’re a parent like me, the house looks like a tornado came through, there are dirty dishes everywhere, and dozens of new clothes and a few toys are to be put away. You …

Holiday reading: Cardon Children’s recommendations

December 23, 2011 – 10:48 am |

I love reading lists. I love to see the names of books I’ve yet to read – and yet to find time to read. But as a mom, I’m always on the hunt for options …

Let the kids lend you a hand this holiday

December 22, 2011 – 2:28 pm |

My kids are at home with daddy this week as I finish writing a few stories.
To keep them busy, and from arguing, I handed them tape, scissors (gasp!), wrapping paper, and the gifts we’ve made …

School’s attempt to offer healthier lunch flops

December 21, 2011 – 5:12 am |

Ah, school lunch.
It’s been topic of many jokes, tough scrutiny and endless questions.
Lately, it’s also been in the headlines because of growing problem with children facing obesity and diabetes at a young age. It’s tough …

Do you give your kids’ teachers a holiday gift?

December 19, 2011 – 2:09 pm |

Each year, I try to remember and give my children’s teachers a gift. Most years, it’s a coffeehouse gift card. Sometimes, we make it personal. I try to remember the after-school care instructors and bus …

When blogs go silent for a bit

December 19, 2011 – 6:56 am |

Sometimes, life catches up with you.
That’s been very true the last few weeks. So this is me, apologizing, for being silent on the blog.
Do you blog? Do you find you have dozens of ideas about …

Holiday traditions: Trying something new

December 8, 2011 – 1:19 pm |

Last year, I thought it would be fun to bake my way through the holidays. My daughter – then nearly 6 – and I baked something just about every night from Dec. 1 through Christmas …

What are your family holiday traditions?

December 7, 2011 – 1:16 pm |

Monday night when we arrived home, I pulled out a 9′ inflatable, holiday polar bear – to put up in my living room. Last year we didn’t put it up – I was afraid my …